Keto Cheese Sauce

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What's the best way of boosting your diet with healthy fats? Apart from my favourite Hollandaise sauce, I've been making this cheese sauce for several years, although I used to eat it with all sorts of high-carb foods like pasta.

These days I eat it with real food - vegetables, meat, fish and even fried eggs. With 90% of energy from fats, this recipe is perfect for the Fat Fast!

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Nutritional values (per serving, about 1/4 cup)

Net carbs1.3 grams
Protein4.8 grams
Fat20.7 grams
Calories203 kcal

Calories from carbs 3%, protein 9%, fat 88%

Total carbs1.4 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0.9 gramsSaturated fat12.7 gramsSodium149 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium6 mg(2% RDA)Potassium41 mg(2% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 1 cup/ 4 servings)

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • 2 tbsp butter, preferably grass-fed (28 g / 1 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese or soft goat cheese (60 g / 2.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar or hard goat cheese (60 g / 2.1 oz)
  • pinch salt if needed (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 1-2 tbsp water or more cream if you need to thin it down
Optional seasonings (use some or combine):
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2-4 tbsp freshly chopped herbs of choice

Instructions

  1. Place the cream and butter into a small sauce pan and gently heat up. Grate the cheddar cheese and keep aside. (photos shown are for 8 servings - double the recipe)
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  2. Once heated, add the cream cheese into the sauce pan. Keto Cheese Sauce
  3. Stir until melted and bring to a simmer. Once you see bubbles, take off the heat. Keto Cheese Sauce
  4. Add grated cheddar cheese and... Keto Cheese Sauce
  5. ... mix until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thicker sauce, cook for 3-5 more minutes while stirring. If too thick, add a splash of water or cream. Keto Cheese Sauce
  6. Serve over steamed vegetables, fish and meat! If you can't use the whole recipe, only make one serving. The sauce should be eaten immediately or kept at room temperature before serving. Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps which you want to avoid. Keto Cheese Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1/4 cup)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
0.5 g1.1 g4.2 g37 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g5.8 g51 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.4 g0.3 g5.7 g55 kcal
Cheddar cheese
0.5 g3.4 g5 g61 kcal
Total per serving, about 1/4 cup
1.3 g4.8 g20.7 g203 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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This cheese sauce is amazing!!!!

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Thank you so much!

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This is literally the best cheese sauce I’ve ever tried. Even better than non-Keto. Thanks so much for this recipe.

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Thank you Katie!

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I didn't realise I had no cream cheese so I used sour cream instead and it's really delicious and not as heavy as the cream cheese. Both ways are delicious!

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That's a great way to find new flavours! I'll try that next time 😊

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If I don't have cream can I use 2% milk in this recipe in place of the cream?

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Hi Judy, milk has too many carbs and would likely not make it thick enough. Having said that it's just 1/4 cup so it won't make a big difference in the carb count per serving. Instead you could use water or chicken stock (no carbs) and add a little more cream cheese (will make it thicker). I hope this helps!

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Hi Martina
In the recipe  the cheeses have the same grams / oz. is this a typo.
Thanks
Lynn

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Hi Lynn, this is correct because one of them is cream cheese and the other one is shredded cheese (different weights per cup). I hope you enjoy! 😊

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Oh my goodness. Absolutely delicious. I will go as far to say best cheese sauce I've tasted 😋🤗

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Thank you Trudy!

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LOVE this sauce!!!  So easy and awesome on veggies.  Cut out carbs/sugar earlier in the year and have dropped 40 pounds. Have never felt better.  Thanks for a decadent cheese sauce that doesn't make me feel deprived.

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Thank you Kim!

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I love this sauce I use parmason cheese its great on stakes with shrimp
But I always get 3/4 cup every time  without watering it down  is this normal?

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Thank you Bryan! It is closer to 3/4 cup if you don't use any water. I usually add 1-2 tablespoons of water so mine is almost a cup.

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Hubby and I absolutely love this cheese sauce! A keeper for sure. 😊 Thank you!

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Thank you Leanne!

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"Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps"
Have you tried using sodium citrate in your cheese sauce?  I've been amazed at how well that works to create a smooth sauce that easily reheats without separating.

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Thank you Catherine, I have not (yet) but I'm intrigued!!

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This was very tasty. I added paprika as the optional seasoning. I also added a Tbl of water to thin it out a bit. Very nice.

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I just bought a pint of half & half, would that substitute well for the heavy whipping cream or not ???

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Yes, that will work! If it's too thin just cook it for a couple more minutes 😊

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This is delicious. Do you think I could make it in a crockpot to make queso dip? I would only have to add hamburger, peppers and tomatoes.

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Hi Amber, I think that may work but I would be worried about splitting which may happen with dairy. I generally add dairy to any slow-cooked meals at the end of the cooking process to avoid curdling/splitting.

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Just made the cheese sauce Pretty good
I will mostly certainly will be making this again.
Quick and very easy to make- Thank you

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this was amazing over my broccoli 😋

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That cheese sauce is amazing, a total winner - thanks so much
Cheers Jules

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I made this cheese sauce I had it with salmon fillets & broccoli, I used extra mature cheddar & I just drizzled the sauce over broccoli & salmon rather than poured it over as it was quite sickly.

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the sauce is awesome I eat it with almost everything!

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Great!!!  Came together so quickly and was perfect with our vegetable and steak dinner.  Thank you!!

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Thanks so much. It turned out great.

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Awesome sauce.  And, I've been able to reheat in the microwave over veggies just fine.  Keep up the good work!

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Just made this and my family loves it!!! You rock!!  Way better than Velveeta!!

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Can the cheese sauce be used in phase of a bechamel in lasagna?

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Great thinking! I don't see why not! 😊

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Good day I have just started banting and need all the help I can get. I do not live in the city but on a very small village in the Kalahari . It is very difficult to get aal the banting products our nearest big sentra is 180km from us.
I would like to follow you and see all the easy recipes.

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Your sauce is delicious.
Made it for broccoli and ended up putting it on my prime rib.
Substituted garlic powder for minced garlic.
Might substitute any garlic for horseradish.
Making it again tomorrow.
#NSNG no sugars no grains and cutting out processed food is the way to go. I've never felt better and haven't enjoyed food this much.
thanks for the delicious recipe

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Thank you for the tips, I'm glad you like it!

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